Do you think or know that your dog has pains? Have you thought about giving analgesics to relieve it? There are many people who, seeing themselves in this situation, choose to give their pets the same thing that we take. One of the most common analgesics is acetaminophen, so you may wonder if you can give your hairy this medication to relieve pain.
In a COMO we solve the question about ” what painkillers can I give my dog? ” And we tell you that you can NOT give paracetamol to your dog on your own, that is, YES you can give it to the veterinarian if it is prescribed and following its exact instructions. In the following lines, we explain everything about whether or not you should give it and the poisoning it can suffer if you do not give it how and when the specialist indicates, that is, what can happen if you take it on your own.
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Can dogs take paracetamol?
Paracetamol is a drug or drug that in many countries can be purchased without a prescription, and in others, it is very easy for the doctor to include it in it, which is why it is very common in homes. It is an analgesic and antipyretic; this means that it serves to reduce mild pain and fever.
If you ask yourself, “Can I give paracetamol to my dog if he has a fever?” or to relieve pain, as we have done before, you should NOT give paracetamol to your dog on your own, you can only give it to the veterinarian.
So, in case the veterinarian prescribes it, it will tell you the dose indicated for your furry, how many hours to give it and for how long. If this is the case, it is vital that you follow the exact instructions of the specialist. Otherwise, your dog may suffer liver damage and poisoning.
Paracetamol poisoning in dogs
The generic dose established as a therapeutic dose of paracetamol for dogs is 15 mg/kg (and in cats four times less) and, in addition, the treatment established as lethal dose of paracetamol for dogs is 150 mg/kg (and in cats of 50 mg/kg), although this is very generic and in each case, depending on the weight of the dog and its general health, these doses may be higher or lower.
This medicine in human consumption format is in paracetamol tablets of 500 mg, 650 mg, 750 mg and 1 g, so if we look at the above data, it is easy for us to take the dose if we take the medication with us. Product for humans.
But what happens if a dog takes paracetamol without a veterinary prescription? In a short time symptoms of paracetamol poisoning in the dog will begin to appear, such as the following:
- Lack of appetite and anorexia
- Pain in the abdomen
- Trouble breathing
- Damage to the liver, which will be seen in blood tests or even externally as a bulge in the abdomen due to severe inflammation of this organ.
If we have given this drug to our furry, even in the dose that the veterinarian has said, or we suspect that he has been able to take it on his own and one or several of these symptoms appear, it is necessary to go to the veterinary emergency department.
This drug in erroneous doses in dogs begins to cause serious damage in the liver , then hemolysis or destruction of red blood cells or red blood cells, causing residues of this destruction, such as hemoglobin and other substances such as bile, accumulate in the body so that jaundice or mucous membranes and yellowish skin are produced. Also, there is also blood in the urine due to the hemoglobin released when the red blood cells are destroyed.
The specialist will decide in each case how it is best to proceed, can cause vomiting, provide an antidote that reduces the damage above, give fluid therapy and oxygen therapy so that the body can eliminate this product faster or even carry out a blood transfusion if the case is serious. If you do not act on time, the dog may die.
What can be given to a dog with pain – suitable analgesics
Knowing this about paracetamol, it is normal to ask yourself ” what can I give my dog for pain? “. The truth is that there are several painkillers suitable for dogs, but none can be given to your dog without advice from the veterinarian. Thus, all of them should always be prescribed by a veterinarian, indicating the dosage, frequency and duration of use in each case, and never have to medicate on our own, even if they are over the counter medications. These are some painkillers suitable for dogs that the veterinarian can prescribe:
- Alpha-agonists: are powerful analgesics and some examples of this type are detomidine, xylazine, medetomidine and romifidine.
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories or NSAIDs: they are anti-inflammatory, analgesic and, some, even antipyretic. Among them are paracetamol, meloxicam, acetylsalicylic acid (well known as Aspirin), ketoprofen and dipyrone sodium or metamizole.
- Opiates: the analgesics that work best in dogs are considered. Some examples are butorphanol, morphine and hydromorphone.
Precautions to avoid poisoning with paracetamol in dogs
The first advice regarding the prevention of paracetamol poisoning in dogs is that you do not give it on your own, although you follow the instructions that other times the vet has given you because this time, depending on what happens to your dog, the dose or frequency is different and the risks exist the same. So, there are some precautions to avoid intoxication in dogs by medication and what to do if it happens :
- Only give medicines exactly how and when the veterinarian indicates it and never what it seems to us. Follow the indications of dose, frequency and duration of treatment.
- Keep all medicines out of the reach of our pets, in high and very well closed cupboards.
- If you think your hairy has ingested medications that had not been prescribed, especially if it is a significant amount, it is vital to take it to a veterinary emergency.
- You can also help him vomit, especially if he has just ingested the medications recently.
Also, you may be interested in knowing everything about giving dogs another common medicine in humans: ibuprofen.